University of Oregon

Historic Preservation Program

2012 George McMath Symposium

The George McMath Symposium is intended as an exploration of key contemporary issues in preservation presented by leading spokespersons from around the nation.  The event is held in concert with the George McMath Historic Preservation Award given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to historic preservation in the state of Oregon.

The 2012 McMath Symposium features the following lecture and discussion:


Restoring Chicago's Icons: A Public/Private Partnership

Gunny Harboe, FAIA

Harboe Architects

Chicago, Illinois


Over the last twenty years preservation architect Gunny Harboe, FAIA, has been responsible for restoring some of Chicago's most iconic historic landmarks including the Rookery Building, Reliance Building, Carson Pirie Scott & Co. store, and the Chicago Board of Trade building. All of these projects had technical as well as financial challenges that needed to be overcome. The process was often very complicated, involved many people, and took years to realize. Harboe will share his experiences and describe the public/private partnerships that resulted in bringing some of these great buildings back to life for the benefit of all.


Discussion will be lead by Paul Falsetto, AIA



$10 for Symposium ticket for those attending the McMath Award luncheon

$15 single ticket to McMath Symposium only

Symposium attendance is free for students attending any college or university with current student ID